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Is sleeping too much and sleeping too little linked to obesity?

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Sleeping too much or too little could make you weigh too much. One recent study showed that people who slept for 9 or 10 hours every night were 21% more likely to become obese over a 6-year period than were people who slept between 7 and 8 hours. This link between sleep and obesity remained the same even when researchers took into account how much food people ate or how much exercise they got.

SOURCES:

WebMD Medical News: "Sleep Habits Linked to Diabetes, Death."

WebMD Medical News: "Watch Your Sleep, Watch Your Weight."

WebMD Migraines & Headaches Health Center: "Prevention."

National Sleep Foundation: "The Ill Effects of Too Much Sleep."

National Sleep Foundation: "How much sleep do we really need?"

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

SOURCES:

WebMD Medical News: "Sleep Habits Linked to Diabetes, Death."

WebMD Medical News: "Watch Your Sleep, Watch Your Weight."

WebMD Migraines & Headaches Health Center: "Prevention."

National Sleep Foundation: "The Ill Effects of Too Much Sleep."

National Sleep Foundation: "How much sleep do we really need?"

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 15, 2020

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